Academic journal article The Journal of New Business Ideas & Trends

Introduction to the "Thematic-Bibliography"

Academic journal article The Journal of New Business Ideas & Trends

Introduction to the "Thematic-Bibliography"

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The review of literature comonly referred to as an Annotated Bibliography was originally derived from the "Research Review" which had the aim of brining together and evaluating different kinds of findings in a particular field or theory (Robson, 2000, 288).

Due to the limited analysis that the annotated bibliography provided an approach developed that extended the value of the findings by incorporate a form of secondary analysis and this became known as a "Meta-Analysis". The meta-analysis involved subjecting the published results to a form of statistical analysis undertaken in an effort to establish an overall conclusion from the range of both significant and non-significant results (Robson, 2000, 288). In addition a more formal qualitative analytic method that provides theoretically-flexible approach to analysing qualitative data is thematic analysis. This approach involves searching for themes or patterns, which may in turn be related to different epistemological and ontological positions (Braun & Clarke, 2006).

Whilst these approaches to the analysis of published research have proved to be useful techniques for the dissemination of information concerning various fields of inquiry and research the dramatic changes brought about by the information age presents a new challenge. The ability to conduct searches for specific fields of interest through the internet or world-wide-web has provided an almost limitless facility for the academic researcher. The various data bases provide different search capabilities and present varrying degrees of information as well as either the full version of the journal article or an abstract. Even with such tools available there still exists a place for the annotated bibliography and the metaanalysis. Further the search engines of the various databases are inclined to result in what can only be described as information overload.

The extensive lists of articles that contain some aspect of the area of the search still requires scrutiny by the researcher in order to eliminate irrelevant articles and to determine the extent of the content of the articles. …

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